Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British Monarch and is one of London’s most popular attractions. Found in the City of Westminster, it is regularly used for official state engagements. You will be pleased to know that the palace is opened up to the public for tours, so book yourself a trip inside and be sure to check out the nearby gardens and don’t miss the changing of the guards.

What to a see at the royal palace

If you are looking to take a tour of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding area, you should start your day at Hyde Park walking towards the palace. Once you arrive, take in the splendour of the building’s exterior and witness the Changing of the Guards. Dates and times for the guard changes vary so check before visiting so you can catch it.

For those that would like to join a tour of the inside, there are a number of different ways to do it. On the Royal Collection Trust’s website, you can book tickets that give access to the State Rooms and gardens. With your guide, you will tour the nineteen exquisitely designed State Rooms inside. The rooms are brimming with key items from the Royal Collection and exclusive artworks by esteemed painters like Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. There are also a number of events and exhibitions that take place throughout the year that you can join. These are published on the website.

Stay within walking distance

When looking for a hotel in the English capital for your stay, choose one close to all the major attractions. Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London in the West End is minutes away from the centre. In order to get to the palace from the hotel, you can walk along Hyde Park and into Green Park up to the gates. The walk will take you about a half hour and there are plenty of great sites to catch on your way. As you enter Hyde Park, you will come across the famous Marble Arch, which is also where you can find a metro stop. If you prefer to take public transport, then the metro here goes to Bond Street Underground Station and then to Green Park in 6 minutes, however you will need to walk five to ten minutes across Green Park.